InsideTrack College Coaching

Updated: Nov 21, 2017
Evidence Rating:
Suggestive Tier


  • Program:

    A mentoring program for college students.

  • Evaluation Methods:

    A well-conducted multisite randomized controlled trial (RCT) with a sample of 13,555 students.

  • Key Findings:

    The program was found to produce a 14% increase in the likelihood of college persistence two years after random assignment (for the full sample), and a 13% increase in the likelihood of graduating college four years after random assignment (for the subsample of schools with graduation data).

InsideTrack is a widely-implemented mentoring program for college students designed to prevent them from dropping out of school. A college-educated mentor (“coach”) contacts students at the beginning of a semester and invites them to participate in the voluntary program. Students who sign up are contacted regularly for up to two semesters by a coach, who helps identify and address perceived obstacles to students’ course completion (e.g., work schedules, family responsibilities, financial obligations). Coaches maintain caseloads of 75-150 students. InsideTrack costs approximately $1,121 per student per academic school year (in 2017 dollars).

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Bettinger, Eric P., and Baker, Rachel. “The Effects of Student Coaching in College: An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Mentoring.” National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 16881, March 2011. Click here for the full study report.— Accessed April 6, 2011. This linked comment from the study author provides important information not discussed in the study report, including precautions taken to help insure the data provided by InsideTrack were valid.